Embrace by: Jessica Shirvington
Welcome to my stop on the tour! I loved this book and definitely can’t wait to read more! Check out the awesome guest post, my review, and giveaway I’ve got today!
– The Book –
Synopsis: It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…
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– The Author –
Jessica Shirvington lives in Australia, where the first three books in THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS (Also called THE EMBRACE SERIES depending on what region you live in) are already in print.
The first book in the series, EMBRACE, has just landed in the US. The second book, ENTICED, will arrive in the US in September 2012. The fourth book in the series, ENDLESS, will hit Australian bookshelves in October 2012.
– Guest Post –
Falling in Love at 17
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.
At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.
But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?
I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too.
When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.
Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had.
Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.
I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember you first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.
Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March – I believe jewelry is in order 😉
– Review –
is a completely unique angel story. And, I’m sure you haven’t read anything like it. When I got Embrace
my first thoughts were “Ohh, heavenly!” but honestly Embrace
is the completely opposite. It’s thrilling and emotional in almost a dark way and I adored it.
Read my complete review here!
– Giveaway –
Thank you to the awesome people at Sourcebooks, they will be providing one finished copy of Embrace!
– US/Canada Only.
– The giveaway will last for one week and will end March 28th @ 11:59pm EST.
– The winner will be chosen randomly.